"American Farmers in Russia"
by Harold Ware
Soviet Russia Pictorial [New York], vol. 8, no. 4 (April 1923), pg. 77.
Enthusiastic article from the magazine of the Friends of Soviet Russia by the Communist Party's chief agricultural expert, Harold Ware, relating the activities of the FSR's first "tractor battery" dispatched to Soviet Russia. Ware notes that -- contrary to popular belief -- the Russian peasant was not "superstitiously opposed to modern machinery." Instead, Ware states, it was "he Tsarist regime and subsequent wars and blockade have prevented him from its use; that alone has kept agriculture in its present primitive state." Ware further asserts that it was Russian peasants, rather than urban machinery operators or students, who was best trainable to operate modern agricultural machinery, owing to their understanding of the land and deep appreciation of the superiority of machine-based agriculture to homemade implements drawn by animals.
Ware urges the formation of additional tractor batteries and notes that a huge tract of land near Cheliabinsk had been set aside for the establishment of "the biggest grain farm in the world."
Published in USA between 1923 and 1978 with no copyright notice in original publication, public domain.
Transcribed by Tim Davenport for 1000 Flowers Publishing, Corvallis, OR, February 2012.
Uploaded by him to Archive.org on February 6, 2012.